Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The strikes on Syria had to be done

The strikes on Syria had to be done

Initiated by the Russian government, the meeting was convened after the U.S., along with France and Britain, launched a bevy of airstrikes against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in retaliation for his alleged use of a chemical weapons attack last week in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons, and delivered "a very serious blow, " McKenzie said.

Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has said the European Union stood by the US, France and Britain over their air strikes.

Trump made an announcement from the White House last night that the USA, along with allies France and the United Kingdom, had launched the strike, meanwhile, the city of Damascus was rocked by explosions as missiles bombarded the three targets.

Taking to Twitter, the US President told the country that they "could not have had a better result" and said it was "Mission Accomplished!" - the same phrase George W Bush used after his invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

"The Syrian regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way".

"And they were the result of the regime and Russia's failure to live up to their global commitments to remove all chemical weapons from Syria".

"AP reports that AP reporter in Damascus says the US, UK and France attacks have turned the sky orange, and explosions are being heard to the east, west and south of Damascus as the U.S.", NBC News reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend's chemical weapons attack.

The first point outlines the U.S.'s evidence of a chemical attack on Douma April 7, "killing dozens and severely injuring hundreds of civilians". "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

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The French president, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed that France was involved in the air strikes, saying the French role would be limited to Syria's chemical weapons facilities. Referring to the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, Trump said.

The Syrian Government has accused Washington of seeking to use it as a pretext for attacking.

The attack wasn't coordinated with Russia, but "the de-confliction channel [between the USA and Russian forces] operated before and after the strike", McKenzie said.

The White House said doctors and aid organizations on the ground in Douma reported "the strong smell of chlorine and described symptoms consistent with exposure to sarin".

"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.

"We can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security", a statement from the Elysee presidential office said.

The Russian military said that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles, but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71. "This is not about regime change".

She said the air strikes should also act as a warning to Russian Federation.

USA officials later highlighted Trump's statement that the three Western allies were willing "to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

The United States allies in the attacks are France and Britain.

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